The news that the long-awaited Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby has again been delayed is disappointing for those looking forward to seeing it over the holidays. But while we?ll reluctantly resign ourselves to catching that Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle in the spring, we?re excited now to nab tickets for an awe-inspiring stage version coming to Redcat in November.

Gatz may have a shortened name, but this is actually a longer version of Fitzgerald?s Jazz Age masterpiece than any you?ve seen before. That?s because actors read the entire text of the novel aloud over nearly eight hours--including an intermission and a dinner break.

Unlike the book, the production couldn?t be less glamorous, since it?s set in a dingy modern-day office. At the play?s start, one worker picks up a paperback and reads Fitzgerald?s famous first line. Next, fellow office workers chime in, assuming speaking roles of the doomed Jay Gatsby (née Gatz), his beloved Daisy Buchanan and others--all reading from the book and acting out the gripping story to its aching end.

The New York Times gave the Elevator Repair Service troupe?s performance a rave review when it premiered off-Broadway, and now the players are coming to Redcat for nine performances, beginning November 28. Tickets go on sale Monday for these sure-to-sell-out shows, which promise to make you rethink the magic of words, theater and maybe even love. 

Redcat, 631 W. Second St.; 213 237-2800 or redcat.org

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